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FUTURE CLASSIC. Viba’s Bespoke ‘Qora’ Triumph Bobber

Posted on October 1, 2017 by Andrew in Bobber. 12 comments

Written by Martin Hodgson.

The rich and famous certainly live different lives to the rest of us, banking their millions, very little is off-limits to this select crowd. These days they don’t even need to leave home to spend vast sums of money with the most exclusive products just a mouse click away. One such website offers up Yachts, Submarines, an array of incredible Cars and even a bloody Pushbike that’s $50,000. But scroll on over to the Motorcycle section and there is a limited run production motorcycle that won’t break the bank and doesn’t look at all out-of-place amongst the other toys for the 1%. From French design house VIBA comes a machine that combines elegant styling from the coach built era while being crafted using the latest technologies. Based on the all new Triumph Bonneville Bobber she sits resplendent next to Bugatti’s and available only to a select few her name is Qora.

The brainchild of French designer Yann Bakonyi, VIBA is like no other motorcycle shop you’re likely to see, with more work done sat behind expensive computers than on grease covered benches. This is done for very precise reasons with the final renderings being constructed by high-tech milling machines, 3D printers and the latest in composite construction. The result is not only a final design that looks exactly like the finished product but a level of fit and finish that is almost unparalleled in the motorcycle world. Regular readers of Pipeburn will remember VIBA’s original creation, the Lara 800 but Qora takes the game to a whole new level.

To achieve these exacting standards Yann has ensured absolutely every part of the design and manufacturing process is done in-house under his watchful eye. “VIBA is using this combination of design and innovative technologies, to manufacture brand new certified machines in numbered editions. Thanks to this the brand is handling every step, from first ideas to final production parts internally, and taking advantage of the best craftsmen around,” explains the head honcho. Having chosen the Bonneville Bobber as the platform for the build the first step was to strip the bike down as far as possible while retaining the necessary parts required for road registration.

From here the blank canvas that remained could be scanned into the companies advanced computer system for the design process to begin. “Roger Tallon’s bike, the Derny Taon, was the main inspiration for this build. The crossing of motorcycle standards and product design gave a smart solution, which leads VIBA to design a bike at the border of innovation and high-end finish,” details Yann. While inspiration for the level of quality the team wanted to achieve came from the hand-built French exotics of yesteryear, those stunning supercars from Bugatti.

With the design work complete the first component to be fabricated is the all new fuel tank that is crafted from aluminium. Each line is very deliberately laid down with the idea that the tank compliments and contains a representative element drawn from the other custom parts. A philosophy adopted from the automotive period when lead designers were the kings and the bean counters always ignored. Flowing rearward the seat and its minimalist surround picks up the theme and takes it further with a combination of heavy hand stitched leather and vented surround channelling air over the rear tyre.

It requires a close eye to truly appreciate the detail and a look at the spec sheet only impresses further when you realise the seat support is a VIBA 3D printed single alloy piece. The rear fender is an item than Yann is particularly proud of, wanting to use a dramatic straight line to capture the eye and act more as an extension of the body work. The small recess in the very centre is only revealed when viewing the machine directly from behind giving more visual stimulus as you move around Qora trying to take her all in.

Up front the Triumph’s retro styling is totally transformed by the fork covers that give the telescopic items a hint of a girder look as previously seen on the Confederate Wraith without anything like the big American’s absurd price tag. The retention of the factory fork gaiters now almost completely hidden adds to the mystery of exactly what lies beneath. While the all new LED headlight is recessed as far back in between the triple clamps as possible and is housed in a 3D printed shell. While completing the body work is the “invisible” front fender only covering a small section of the back half of the tyre and once again making it unseen from various angles.

Complementing the design the wheels create a statement all of their own, milled from a select alloy you won’t see any others like it. The rear is a solid unit to emphasise the wide rubber and bobber feel for an exaggerated sense of proportion. But it’s up front where the magic happens, the lenticular design creates an illusion of depth while the biconvex shapes scatter the light that passes through as the wheel rolls forward in motion. Interestingly enough on a motorcycle so filled with complex custom touches the tyres remain the factory Avon rubber for ease and cost efficiency of replacement.

Although not a heavy focus of the build the engine doesn’t go untouched with Triumph’s all new 1200cc water-cooled twin getting some neat fettling. The vintage styling of the filter arrangement is swapped out for a very 21st century feel thanks to 3D printed adapters that support the strategically angled hydrofuge filters. The header pipes remain factory items but the new end cans add a much better sound track and their slash cut tips doth their cap to the lines of the nearby bodywork. While those lines are even less disturbed thanks to VIBA’s own levers that feature integrated turn signals.

>These activate the one mechanical area to receive a major upgrade, coming in the form of the twin Beringer brake package designed just for Qora that should allay the concerns of those who felt the stock units were a little wanting under heavy use. Then with the bike extensively ridden and tested it was stripped down and readied for colour. Once again taking cues from the extravagant supercars of old, a single colour in this case piano black, is interchanged with raw metal for the cleanest and classiest of looks.

So how does Yann and his team create such an incredible machine at what is to be a very reasonable price for a limited production run vehicle? “By reducing the number of total parts, grouping elements when it’s possible, and reducing the weight or costs of parts, VIBA is thinking about everything from the ignition of projects and integrating everything in the design process.” Its genius, rolling art, and so it was fitting then that this absolute masterpiece was unveiled at Château de Chantilly next to a priceless Bugatti Type 57 SC Gangloff Atalante Coupe at the Chantilly Art and Elegance 2017. And like everything exclusive preorders for Qora are a must, now being taken at boutique auction house

The Qora alongside a Bugatti Type 57 SC Gangloff Atalante Coupe

[ VIBAFacebookInstagram | Photos by M. Chaigneau & L. Barbesier ]

  • guvnor67

    I really like this. It’s taken the Trumpy bobber from “Hey, not bad” to a sorta new age retro machine, with enough done that the results speak for themselves, without totally detracting from Triumph’s original plan. I’d like the Bugatti in my garage too. . . .

  • Brendan Kavanagh

    I agree with guvnor67.
    Triumph’s version, while I’m a great fan, does seem to be crying out for at least a few tweaks and this more than fulfils that need.
    Personally, never mind the artistic twaddle, I’d want solid wheels at both ends, I don’t really understand why there’s a notch in the rear mudguard (at least it’s got one) and it should be made compulsory that all bobbers should exhale through big bore, unsilenced and unwrapped, slash cut, drag pipes!
    Apart from that . . . !

    • guvnor67

      Ta! You’re right, there’s nothing worse than a kool bike, bobber, supermoto, whatever lights the fire, sounding quieter than a sowing machine!!

  • Tyler Stone

    I can’t really agree.
    “Look at our bespoke custom!”
    No, you made two fenders, a new tank, wheels, and fake girders. For the price and “numbered series” notoriety the build is going for, they could have made actual girders. They could have actually improved the bike. Better brakes, sure, that’s a no brainer on the Bobber. But come on, better suspension (hey, front forks!) increase the power from the engine, upgrade the tires… Right now, this is just a stock triumph with some really pretty bolt-on parts.
    The lead-in led me to expect Confederate Motorcycles. The result lends itself more to a British Customs parts order.

    • Luis Barbesier

      Hi Tyler, if you pay attention to the whole article by pipeburn, they said that Beringer made custom fit brakes for the bike, but not only. The position was improved ( If you have already tried the new Bobber you’re supposed to know that the position is just breaking out your back because of the saddle), suspension were internally modified to be more efficient, and all engine improvements ( or tires as you said ) in France are forbidden regarding the law, that’s why they didn’t make it. By the way Confederate is an American builder, they are making 100.000 usd bikes, without any constraint, not really the same …

    • Keith T Robinson

      agreed!!!!!! comparing it to a bugatii is sick.

  • Paleochocolate

    I want those forks on a street tracker. With stacked headlights up front. Nkt tiny ones like the 999 but arranged the same way.

  • AB

    All looks a bit ‘West Coast Choppers’ to me. Maybe it’s the front wheel design.

  • Bultaco Metralla

    Can’t say anything good about this. Too many chunky, clunky, big, black bits. I like elegance, and lightness.

    • Keith T Robinson


  • Antonio

    The attention to detail might be second to none although this is impossible to tell by the photos provided but the overall “look” is cartoonish & corny in my opinion. The design is an example of “trying to hard” and screaming “look at me” which is exactly what you don’t want.

    • Keith T Robinson

      yup +3